DescriptionRole-playing video games are descendants of pen-and-paper RPGs. In those games character development is the main driving gameplay mechanic. Typically one or more characters are created and shaped by the player, then embark on a series of encounters that increase the inventory, wealth, or combat statistics of said character(s).
A role-playing game is not just any game in which the player "plays a role", i.e. controls a character and participates in exploration and narrative. Rather, the defining characteristic of role-playing games is player-dependent character growth. A role-playing game can be seen as such when player-controlled characters become stronger ("levels up") because of the player's actions (usually depending on experience points received for vanquishing enemies), rather than being upgraded automatically as dictated by the storyline. The degree of the player's involvement in shaping the characters may vary considerably: some RPGs offer vast customization possibilities, while others tend to simplify and even nearly automatize the process.
Traditional RPGs have turn-based combat and a fantasy setting (Wizardry series, Ultima series, Roguelikes, etc.). Later, other settings were introduced, and many RPGs - such as Diablo - began favoring action-based combat. In these games, Action is used as a modifier to the RPG genre.
By the late 1980's, the genre has been distinctly split into two main sub-genres: Western and Japanese (sometimes called console-style) RPG. Western RPGs typically favored free exploration and player-made decisions, while Japanese RPGs focused on following a linear story line. Japanese RPGs also tended to retain simple turn-based combat mechanics, and in many cases also random enemy encounters.
In many early Western RPGs the player was given the option to create an entire party of characters (usually up to six). Ultima games introduced the possibility of recruiting initially non-playable characters (NPCs) with their own personalities from the game world into the party. Beginning with Phantasy Star, Japanese RPGs followed this template and even elevated it to their cornerstone mechanic.
Late 1990's saw a "RPG revival" in the West. Fallout greatly expanded the usage of non-combat statistics and moral decisions during gameplay, while Baldur's Gate popularized real-time party-based combat.
Gensei Kitan: Disc Saga III is set in a fantasy world with both medieval and steam-punk elements. The player controls...
Game Boy Advance (2001)
Set in the Suikoden universe, the game closely follows the story of Suikoden II. The hero is a young member...
TurboGrafx CD (1993)
You start the game as a nameless warrior (you can name the hero as you like). He returns to his...
Gensou Shoujo Taisen Kou (Fantasy Maiden Wars Scarlet) is a 2D doujin turn-based strategy-RPG hybrid, similar to the Fire Emblem...
Gloria in Excelsis Deo is a re-release of Her Knights. This version adds voices to some dialogues, a remixed soundtrack,...
Princess Lemian has spend much of her life studying in a foreign school. One day, as she is strolling through...
GhostBlood is a role-playing game reminiscent of DOS RPGs of old.When the game starts, a figure hooded in a brown...
A mysterious white lion once attacked a small village and killed many of its inhabitants. But a brave soldier defeated...
The citizens on Nanashi Island have the custom of organizing a ceremony to celebrate children's transition into adulthood. The young...
Although it offers more direct gameplay, Ginormo Sword is basically a graphical interpretation of Progress Quest, a metagame like You...
Glitch was a short lived browser based massive multiplayer online game. The game took place in one large persistent world...
Nintendo DS (2008)
Glory of Heracles is a role-playing video game for the Nintendo DS.The story begins with a boy, washed up on...
The year is 1999. A boy named Gen lives together with his mother in a small Japanese city. One day...
G·O·D Pure is a remake of G.O.D: Mezameyo to Yobu Koe ga Kikoe.The story and the gameplay system remain the...
Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising is a online Role Playing game set in Ancient Rome. The player takes the role...
Xarax, ruler of the Gods of Bellarion, was murdered and thus another God needed to take his place on the...
The Special Edition is a greatly enhanced version of the original GODS: Lands of Infinity.The biggest change is the inclusion...
PlayStation 2 (2000)
The first PS2 title in the Ganbare Goemon series, Goemon: Bōken Jidai Katsugeki aims to re-invent the Goemon series once...
The story of Gokuraku Tengoku: Omemie no Maki is fairly simple. Somewhere there is a country called the Happy Paradise,...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 99 Chrono Trigger
- 94 Mass Effect 2
- 94 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- 93 Vagrant Story
- 93 Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss
- 93 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- 93 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- 93 Panzer Dragoon Saga
- 93 Mass Effect 2
- 93 Final Fantasy VII
Games must have at least a Critic Score of 80 to be considered.
Top games by as rated by our users:
- 3.67 Angry Birds Epic (2014)
- 3.67 Angry Birds Epic (2014)
- 4.03 Anvil of Dawn (2013)
- 5.00 Avadon: The Black Fortress (2011)
- 5.00 Battle of the Youstrass (2000)
- 5.00 Black Isle Compilation (2002)
- 5.00 Black Isle Compilation Part Two (2004)
- 5.00 Borderlands 2 (Deluxe Vault Hunter's Collectors Edition) (2012)
- 4.79 Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep (2013)
- 3.70 Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition (2010)
Games must have at least 1 votes and a User Score of 4.0 to be considered.